The Old Stable (or Yr Hen Stabl)
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- Extraordinary location with amazing views in the heart of the beautiful Black Mountains
- Authentically restored vernacular farm building
- Great for walkers, riders, mountain-bikers
- Very cosy cottage with wood burner
- Sleeps 2 to 4 in a double and a twin
- Short drive to excellent pub
- Within easy reach of Abergavenny and Crickhowell
The Old Stable is one of the beautiful farm buildings on this unique farm steading, Tyn y Llwyn, whose origins date back to the sixteenth-century; and the cottage was, until recently, a part-ruined stable, now carefully restored with authentic building materials. This little vernacular building has become a really comfortable holiday cottage, making the most of its extraordinary location. It is situated a field away from the little hillside church of St. Issui at Partrishow, and is on the famous Beacons Way. This walk can take you 161 miles from beginning to end; but locally, it leads you through some of the most magnificent unspoilt countryside in Britain – the heart of the Black Mountains. Sleeps 2 to 4 in a double and a twin, plus an infant and a well-behaved dog.
The bedrooms, a twin and a double, are situated on the ground floor, as is the bathroom with its, loo, hand basin, large bath and overhead shower.
A handsome newly made oak staircase takes you up to the living room, a charming space extending the length and breadth of the building, with vaulted ceilings, oak beams and the original stable window openings. One end is a comfortable sitting-area with a sofa, armchair and wood burning stove; the other is the kitchen area. A dining-table and chairs stand between.
Outside, there is a area of garden for enjoying good weather with garden furniture and a barbecue. Footpaths take you straight from the house into the hills; and up a field behind Tyn y Llwyn, is situated the lovely church of St. Issui, with its beautiful intricate rood screen, medieval murals, wild daffodils in spring, and panoramic views.
Tyn y Llwyn farmhouse was originally a Welsh longhouse, housing animals as well as people, but was modernised in the mid-seventeenth-century. This is the building you see today, with its mullioned windows and leaded lights, and the main chimneystack is carved with the date 1649 to celebrate the improvements. Another special feature of this farm is the quantity and quality of unspoilt farm buildings still standing, making you feel as if you have been transported to another century.
Things to do IN AND AROUND the Black Mountains
The Black Mountains are quite literally on your doorstep, which in turn comprise the eastern reaches of the famous Brecon Beacons National Park. This is unsurpassed walking country, both for scenery and wildlife. Although you can find real seclusion in the hills, you are never too far from useful and beautiful villages or towns – Abergavenny (‘Gateway to Wales’) is 15 minutes away, Crickhowell is the same, and the lovely hamlet of Llanthony with its ruined Cistercian priory (complete with pub inside its walls) is 20 minutes’ drive up the spectacular Llanthony Valley. Hay-on-Wye is within reach for a fascinating day out, with its second-hand bookshops, galleries, antique markets and boutiques, and getting there over Gospel Pass is a highlight, if views are your thing.
The Abergavenny region has made quite a name for itself in the foodie world: good friendly pubs, gastro-pubs, brasseries, restaurants and cafes are generously distributed around the area. Close to The Old Stable is The Crown at Pantygelli, which serves really good reasonably-priced food, excellent wine, or simply some good ales at the bar - all charmingly served by the friendly owners. And the famous Walnut Tree Inn is about 15 minutes' drive away for Michelin-starred dining, now with renowned chef Shaun Hill at the helm. An exquisite tea with mouthwateringly good pastries and elegant sandwiches on a tiered plate can be had at The Angel Hotel in the centre of Abergavenny (it might be a good idea to book on a weekend). Abergavenny hosts the now internationally-famous Abergavenny Food Festival, which is well worth a trip for its fantastic range of local and national produce, interesting talks and events, and glimpses of some of the UK's favourite food stars.
The nitty gritty
Live online booking
Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.
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From the visitors book at The Old Stable
"We had a lovely long weekend here at The Old Stable. It's a beautifully redone cottage, and we were warm, comfortable and well-slept during our stay. We were particularly impressed by the kitchen - it was much more suitable for cooking than any previous cottage in the area that we had tried. The knives actually cut food! We also enjoyed a meandering walk up to the church and a pub dinner at The Skirrid Inn. Thank you for a wonderful stay, and we look forward to returning at some point in the future (perhaps when the weather is warmer!)" Jessica and Arthur, USA and Canada
"Lovely spot and a great little cottage! Toasted by the fire, had some fantastic walks up the Sugar Loaf and round and about. Blue skies....followed by snow. Hope to be back. " Andy and Susie, Bath
" Have really enjoyed our time in The Old Stable. The views are amazing. The thoughtful touches around the cottage made us feel cared about. We look forward to returning." Ollie and Amanda
"We've had a really wonderful half term holiday in The Old Stable. From the moment we arrived it was warm, comfortable and a real home from home for our two teenagers. We've enjoyed book-buying in Hay on Wye, riding the Brecon Mountain Railway, lazy mornings and stunning scenic walks." David, Jenny, Sam and Ethan, Hampshire
"We came here for our honeymoon and have not been disappointed. We have done plenty of walking - with thanks for providing us with OS maps, books and instructions on local walks. All in all a great place to stay, and we will definitely recommend to others - fantastic break." Russ and Liz, Warwickshire
"Really enjoyed our stay at The Old Stable so much that we want to move in permanently. Caroline and Oliver have a beautiful cottage that has been prepared to the highest standard with great care given to their guests' comfort." Chris and Paul, Harrington
" My brother and I cam to the cottage to explre the Beacons and beyond on our mountain bikes. We found everything we wanted, and more, literally on our doorstep." Kevin and Darren, Windsor
" We enjoyed every minute of our stay in The Old Stable. Wonderful location, and what a beautiful and smart place." Filip and Ann, Pieter-Jan and Willem, Roeslare, Belgium